IT STARTED WITH JAZZ – TIMMY TRUMPET.

Timothy Jude Smith (better known by his stage name, Timmy Trumpet) is an Australian house DJ and producer. Smith made his big break in Ibiza; playing live trumpet solos over electronic dance music tracks during DJs shows. He has supported and played alongside acts like Armin Van Buuren, Carl Cox, Fedde le Grand, Dizzee Rascal, Fatboy Slim and the Stafford Brothers. Timmy also makes regular appearances on the FOX8 reality TV show The Stafford Brothers.
Timmy Trumpet has become known internationally for his jazz elements in the realm of global dance music. Now as a combined DJ/instrumentalist, he is ranked in the top 3 DJs in Australia (ITM Poll), performed at Ibiza’s Pacha and Miami’s WMC, and mixed both Ministry of Sound and Pacha albums. Signed to Ministry of Sound, three of his singles have reached the No. 1 spot on the ARIA Club chart. Timmy performs over 200 shows per year, including major festivals and international clubs. He is the No. 1 ranked DJ in Australia according to the 2015 inthemix DJ Awards.

You are a DJ & Producer from Australia. A decade ago you have been an acclaimed Jazz musician – you are the #1 of the inthemix50 People’s Choice Awards 2015 – in front of Will Sparks, Marlo, Tigerlily and Mash N Kutcher – and dubbed as “the busiest DJ in Australia”, doing over 200 shows a year. How did you get in touch with electronic dance music in the first place and how did you get into DJing?
Jazz improvisation got me jamming over stuff on the radio for fun. Not long after that I discovered house music, met a DJ, then played my first gig. I drove home that night knowing this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

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How did you make the transition from Jazz musician to the realm of electronic dance music?
It started with Jazz and I hope it ends with Jazz. It was Jazz improvisation that got me jamming over everything and anything, mainly stuff on the radio. It wasn’t long until I discovered house music, met a DJ, and played my first gig. I drove home that night knowing that is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

Do you play any other instruments?
Piano, which has really helped on the production side of things. Its one thing to be a DJ, but you have to produce these days to get anywhere.

You are best known for your hit record “Freaks” – which has a consolidated view count of over 86 Million views on YouTube – as well as “Snapback’” (which peaked at the #1 spot in the Australian Aria Club chart), and the collaborative tracks “Toca” (with Carnage & KSHMR), “The Buzz” (with New World Sound) and “Bleed” (With SCNDL). What tracks, remixes or mix-sets would you recommend to someone that is not yet familiar with your music?
86 Million? Holy sh*t I didn’t know that! For anyone looking to get into EDM, I’ve just started a weekly mix called Freak Show which you can subscribe to for free on iTunes. I’d say that’s a great jumping off point.


What was the best and the worst gig you ever played, and what was the funniest thing ever occurred during any of your performances?

Best gig would have to be playing mainstage at Future Music Festival in Sydney earlier this year. There’s nothing like playing in front of your home crowd. On the other end, I had a sound system die on my midway through my performance, that’s my worst gig in recent memory. Felt so bad for everyone that bought tickets.

Melbourne bounce has grown tremendously all over the world. why do you think that is, and what sets it apart from everything else coming out nowadays?
Its simple in a sense, but it’s not at the same time. I say that because complex producers bag on Melbourne Bounce and say it’s too easy to mix, or there is no music to it. There is though, and if you knew the history of it then you would know the meaning behind the sound.

You live in Sydney – the most populous city in Australia. What can you tell us about clubbing and nightlife there? Do you have any nightlife related suggestions for first-time visitors?
There are some amazing clubs in Sydney, first timers should check out Pacha and Marquee. They are a MUST.

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What would you say would have been your career path if it weren’t for dance music?

Well back home before all this, I used to play in a big jazz band. I was making decent money playing, but that wasn’t the reason I stayed with it. What mattered most to me was the music and making people happy. I could play in front of 500 people, 5000 people, or even five people… it doesn’t matter to me. I can honestly say I would somehow still be involved with music if I wasn’t here now.

If you could change one thing about the industry what would it be?
I reckon it’s the money. As artists we don’t care about money as long as we get a crowd to play for. It shouldn’t be a factor, but it is, and unfortunately, it determines and influences everything we do.

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How do you feel when people brand and categorize your sound as “bounce” as opposed to melbourne bounce?
Another thing is that by labeling it “Melbourne Bounce” you can identify the true artists in the genre. We want to be known as the pioneers who brought this unique sound all over the world. That’s what we are doing with this tour: letting everyone know where the sound comes from, and showing how the Melbourne natives get down.

With over 40+ shows in 2 months, how do you find some peace of mind?

Some of the perks of touring is seeing new places, tasting all kinds of food, and doing what you love. Now throw these two guys into that mix… that’s reason enough to give me some peace of mind.

Can you tell me one thing that most people do not know about you?
I like really big butts, especially if they are worked out.

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